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College of the Mainland theatre majors will hark back to the glory days of radio theatre April 26 at 7 p.m. with a public show featuring action-packed “Flash Gordon” “The Shadow,” “Sgt. Preston of the Yukon” and “Frontier Gentleman” episodes.

Students will step up to microphones and relive classic episodes complete with sound effects. The show is open to the public and a "pay what you can" event.

“It’ll be a lot of fun. We hope to take it to the senior home across the street later in the semester as well,” said H. Russ Brown, COM theatre artistic director.

MyBayArea Radio will live broadcast the show.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the campus located at 1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland.

Scheduled to open spring 2019, the new three-story facility will allow UHCL Pearland Campus to expand enrollment to its health-science programs, notably the RN-to-BSN and Licensed Professional Counselor programs. In addition, UHCL has plans to include space in the new building for a satellite office of its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

The contractor for the Calder Road Improvement Project will be closing Calder Road, from the Dickinson ISD Elementary School to Ervin Street, beginning Monday, April 17, until Monday, April 27, 2017. This road closure in necessary for the construction of the Calder Road Box Culvert Drainage Structure for Magnolia Bayou.

Access to the Bayview Development and Magnolia Creek Baptist Church from the north, and the Dominion Church from the south will remain.

Family Houston is pleased to honor Paz Guerra, LPC, LCDC, LMFT for her 40 years of community impact at its annual Pillars of Strength Luncheon on May 10th, 2017 at The Briar Club.

WHAT: Pillars of Strength is an annual luncheon benefitting Family Houston and co-chaired by William T. Carter, IV, Catherine Garcia-Prats, Gene Graham and Thomas C. Ryan. For over 112 years, Family Houston has provided children and families with the tools and skills needed to improve their lives and become more self-sufficient.

The 2017 Pillars of Strength luncheon honoree is Paz Guerra, LPC, LCDC, LMFT, and featured guest speaker is mental health advocate and Baylor University professor Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D, L.M.S.W.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Registration begins at 11:30 am; program begins at noon.

WHERE: The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027

Event Contact: Stefanie Farris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 713-802-7877

Event Website: http://www.familyhouston.org/luncheon/

Table and Ticket Prices:

Table - Imagine Sponsor – $10,000
Table - Wish Sponsor – $5,000
Table - Dream Sponsor – $2,500
Imagine Ticket – $1,000
Wish Ticket –$500
Dream Ticket –$250

ABOUT: Family Houston

Family Houston is a nonprofit social services organization serving greater Houston since 1904. Family Houston provides people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay, with tools to achieve their goals through counseling and mental health services, financial stability and employment coaching, personalized case management and life skills education.

Kaci Maris, of Dickinson, is used to competition for the highest grades.

“My kids compete with me, especially my son in fourth grade. They want to see my report cards. Whoever loses has to pay for Chuck E. Cheese's (though Dad usually pays),” said Maris.

Now Maris has been selected in a nationwide competition as a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. She was among 1,800 applicants and is one of only four students in Texas to receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Texas State Fire Marshal, Chris Connealy, presented the City of League City with an Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) rating 1/1Y at the Council meeting on April 11, 2017 for improving the fire safety of the city.

A rating of ISO 1 represents the highest rating of fire protection status that a city can achieve. This places League City in the 99.5 percentile nationwide.

Explore Chinese politics and their impact on U.S./China relations in a free lecture April 25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Learning Resources Center Auditorium.

Dr. Minxin Pei will offer his expertise on U.S./China relations as part of the COM International Speakers Series.

“Given that President Trump has placed U.S. trade policy at the center of discussion, Dr. Pei will address our trade policy with China,” said COM government professor John Presnall. “He’s an academic specialist in political science who has spent decades studying and writing on this topic.”

Among other topics, Pei will discuss the controversy surrounding the Chinese government's policy in the South China Sea.

Behavioral and mental health professionals from all over the Greater Houston area will convene at University of Houston-Clear Lake on April 21 for the 2017 Emily G. Sutter Symposium: Current Issues in Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences.

Keynote speaker is UHCL’s Sharon K. Hall, professor of Psychology and department chair of Psychology and Women’s Studies.

The all-day symposium will provide 7.5 continuing-education units – including three full hours of Ethics and three full hours of Diversity – for licensed specialists in school psychology, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed masters of social work, licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologists and licensed professional counselors. UHCL is a state-approved provider of continuing-education credits.

It’s five o’clock somewhere ... is probably what many people say after a long day that includes sitting in traffic at the area known as Five Corners.

Combine FM 270, FM 2094 and FM 518 and you have Five Corners – an area nicknamed by many League City residents because of its design and how the streets intersect.

And, as with many city’s whose population has seen significant growth, traffic congestion has also grown.

Maria Henriquez, College of the Mainland Collegiate High School student, is heading to NASA.

After exploring the galaxies in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program, an online program sponsored by NASA. Henriquez, of Galveston, was invited an onsite campus experience the Johnson Space Center with expenses paid.

“I’m excited for this hands-on experience and meeting new STEM nerds like me!” said Henriquez. “I really love doing the hands-on activities in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program, especially this engineering endeavor. I had to automatically dispense a marble from a cup hanging on a zip line to hit a target.”